The Center for Black Studies Research promotes scholarship that provides a critical synthesis of issues of race, social equality, and justice through interdisciplinary publications, conferences, colloquia, community programs, and activism.
While participating in the broader discourse of racial studies, the Center has several areas of focus:
Haiti and Haitian Culture: The Center publishes the internationally-recognized Journal of Haitian Studies. The Center also houses KOSANBA, a scholarly association for the study of Haitian Vodou. The Center has supported the publication of several critical volumes as well as video and film projects including Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy.
The Center is deeply involved with the rapidly-evolving concerns generated by the devastating earthquake and with supporting multiple research efforts and initiatives that will bring a solution to the current crisis. Support for travel for site visits and research for UC scholars and students is currently being sought.
Urban Studies and Relational Ethnic Studies: Kalfou, a journal of comparative and relational ethnic studies, is housed at the Center. The Center organized "Race and Response," one of the first academic initiatives following Hurricane Katrina, and continues to be involved in issues of environmental justice.
Race and Technology: The Center has hosted "AfroGEEKS" conferences and published a companion volume, AfroGEEKS: Beyond the Digital Divide.
Community Involvement: The annual Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture is the premier Black Studies event on campus. Past speakers have included Robert Bullard, Lani Guinier, Manning Marable, and Beverly Tatum. The Center is home to Project Excel, a mentorship program for high school and middle school students, and also works with many UCSB student groups.
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